Tuesday, November 19, 2019
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A holistic approach to self care for veterinarians
Implementing key strategies such as nutrition and exercise into your self care regime supports your current and future well-being as a veterinary practitioner, and diminishes your susceptibility to “dis-ease”. As veterinary practitioners, we are well-versed in the importance of good nutrition, sufficient rest, exercise and lifestyle for our veterinary patients. But in regards of self care, do we walk our...
Juvenile hip dysplasia in the canine
A case study of canine juvenile hip dysplasia involving the use of digital thermal imaging. How this tool can enhance patient analysis and treatment. Gloria, an 11-month-old intact female Rottweiler, was presented for evaluation after a history of rear limb lameness. Radiography at ten months of age (Figure 1) demonstrated signs of juvenile hip dysplasia: significant abnormalities of the coxofemoral joints...
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in cats – a silent killer
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) often goes undiagnosed until a cat is in heart failure. Understanding HCM can help early disease detection and client education. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is by far the most common type of heart disease diagnosed in cats. The disease is difficult to detect when a cat has no obvious clinical signs. That means most cats are diagnosed when...
Essential oils in your practice
Effective modern tools with ancient origins, essential oils are an accessible starting point for adding integrative modalities to veterinary practice Essential oils and aromatic therapy are among nature's most ancient and best-kept secrets.  In recent years, however, these modes of healing have returned to the forefront of both traditional and holistic medical discussions. Leading the charge is the amazing versatility...
Herbs for Life, Inc. supports animal health with unique botanical medicinals
How Herbs for Life Inc. is a brand striving to sustain the best quality of life for animals through unique and organic botanical formulas Over ten years ago, Joyce Belcher decided to turn her passion for holistic health into a business. She expanded her studies to focus on herbs and, launched Herbs for Life, Inc. in 2008. Belcher worked with...
Equine skin disease
A complementary medical approach for 5 common skin conditions in horses. Veterinary clients and conventional practitioners often think of the horse’s skin as easy to heal since it's on the outside of the body. However, skin is often the hardest organ to heal, and reflects internal as well as external health. In fact, most equine skin diseases need to be...
The role of immunotherapy in veterinary practice
Immunotherapy offers a new approach to cancer, and involves re-educating the patient’s immune system to combat the disease Cancer is a devastating disease resulting from mutations that lead to uncontrolled cell growth, which also changes the local microenvironment. Cancer is not only mutated cells, but also a complex tissue composed of cancer cells with an underlying matrix, all promoting tumor...
An innovative approach to separation anxiety in dogs
How using a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT) in your practice can help you successfully alleviate this common canine behavior problem. Statistics tell us that over 17% of dogs in the US suffer from separation anxiety. In fact, this condition is one of the primary reasons for surrender, abandonment and euthanasia -- not only here, but worldwide. As a...
Surgery, drugs and nutraceuticals for anal sac anal gland adenocarcinoma, from the perspective of the surgeon and oncologist. Tumors of the anal sac are often thought of as a local disease. But like all malignant conditions, the local development of the primary tumor, the behavior and spread of the tumor (grade and stage, respectively) and the outcome of intervention are...
Selecting supplements for your practice – 5 important questions to ask
Looking for the best animal supplements to recommend at your clinic? Asking these five questions will help you make the best choice for your patients' health. Animal nutritional and health supplements can play an important role in keeping your patients healthy and happy, particularly when used as an element of whole animal care. If a client asks about adding a supplement...